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ETC TV
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Everything Happens on Etc...
Industry: Entertainment
Founded: August 1, 1996
Founder: Hernán Schmidt
Headquarters: Ñuñoa, Santiago de Chile
Key people: Paul Silva Urzua (Manager of Development and New Content of Mega)
Juan Luis Mayor Penafiel (Mega General Manager)
Javier Villanueva Barzelatto (Executive Director)
Parent: Mega
Website: https://www.etc.cl/home/


ETC TV (or known simply as ETC since 2015) is a Chilean cable television channel founded in 1996 by Hernán Schmidt and currently owned by Mega. It is focused on children's and youth content, and in recent years with a special emphasis on pop and geek culture. Its programming consists mostly of anime, sometimes cartoons, and in recent years Korean dramas. It was the first children's channel in Chile and one of the first channels in Latin America to broadcast mostly anime.

Why It Rocks, Great, Amazing, Good, etc...

  1. The idea of a channel focused on a child-youth audience and that most of its programming would consist of anime is a great idea and it was something quite innovative for the time.
  2. Amazing programming focused on children and later on teenagers, standing out for the large number of anime broadcast throughout its existence. In fact, this channel and free-to-air terrestrial channels that broadcast anime are responsible for popularizing anime in Chile on a large scale.
    1. During its years of existence, ETC TV has broadcast great anime such as the three classic Dragon Ball series, Pokemon, Doraemon, Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya, Inuyasha, Detective Conan, Ranma ½, Bleach, Death Note, Slayers, Digimon, Captain Tsubasa, Slam Dunk, Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Piece, Crayon Shin-chan, Dr. Slump, Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Naruto, Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Sonic X, Shaman King, Hunter X Hunter, among another great list of animes, all transmitted on the same channel and on several occasions at the same time.
      1. They also sometimes stream great classic anime like Mazinger Z or Sally the Witch.
    2. They have also broadcast great American cartoons like Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, 2 Stupid Dogs, Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Phantom 2040, Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats or The Little Lulu Show.
    3. In their early years they also broadcast some American live-action shows like Gilligan's Island or Tales from the Crypt. Later, despite the fact that live action shows would not occupy a large space within the programming, they broadcast some pretty good live action shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (and several of its sequels) or Zoboomafoo.
  3. Unlike other channels that when they stop airing a show they will never air it again, ETC TV constantly rebroadcasts several of their old shows on a rotating basis, which is great as this way new audiences can get to know old shows.
    1. And contrary to what people might think, ETC TV is not stuck in only broadcasting old shows, as it also broadcasts several new shows that have been released a few years ago, creating a perfect balance between old shows and new shows.
  4. Their original shows are also good, as they talk about pop culture and things related to the world of anime, video games, and other similar topics, and they do it by understanding their audience and studying the topics, making it not feel like a forced attempt to fit in with new trends.
  5. In 2014, they were responsible for continuing with the Latin American Spanish dub of Detective Conan after its first dub done in Los Angeles was canceled in 2001 after only dubbing the first 123 episodes, so ETC TV decided to start dubbing the rest of the episodes in Chile.
  6. Good bumpers and IDs.
  7. The "Mundo ETC" section, where they put the openings of various animes that the channel has broadcast.
  8. They are the only long-standing anime-focused channel that has survived to the present day without ever losing its focus. This is quite remarkable considering the difficult situation anime suffered in Latin America in the mid-2000s, with the removal of Toonami from Cartoon Network and Invasión Anime from Jetix, the infamous replacement of Animax by Sony Spin, and the removal of anime from the programming of free-to-air television channels, as a result of the severe distribution changes suffered by several animes, which made it more difficult to obtain their licenses.
    1. The main reason why ETC TV has remained in force until today is because they have remained an exclusive channel for Chile, which means that they only have to pay the anime rights for Chile. Other similar channels such as Magic Kids from Argentina tried to become pan-regional, but that ended up causing serious economic problems for them as they could not pay the anime licenses for all Latin American countries, which led to their defunct in 2006.

Bad Qualities

  1. In its early years, ETC TV censored some scenes that they considered "at odds with morals" in some anime such as Sailor Moon, Ranma ½ or Saint Seiya. Fortunately, this trend quickly disappeared and today ETC TV broadcasts anime without censorship.
  2. In recent years they have started to include Korean dramas in their programming, which can be bad depending on your point of view since it is a very contrasting content with the rest of the ETC TV programming.
  3. Some of the current hosts of their original shows can be pretty bad depending on your point of view, especially Juan Andrés Salfate.

Trivia

  1. Along with Chilevisión, they were the first channels in Latin America to broadcast Pokemon.
  2. In September 2000, ETC TV adjusted its schedules and became the first channel in Latin America to broadcast anime 24 hours a day, although shortly after they would return to include some American shows.
  3. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, ETC TV released two music CDs in cooperation with Warner Music which contained versions of the channel's series openings and endings sung by Chilean singers.

Videos

Playlist with ETC TV commercials.

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